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Re: Dancing for the not so serious dancer?
Posted by anymouse
8/31/2009  9:59:00 AM
"I think part of the problem is that its all that's left."

Yes, but also the competitive outlets are the only marginally common way to escape from the impractical pricing and presentation of the dominant studio model.

"We didn't teach the next generations to dance"

More that this job was delegated to the studios, who only pursue the part of it that fits with their business model.

"When more people tried to join the prices didn't correct either and so it ends up that when people start seeing it as valuable they find they can't afford to take it on."

Paying someone to spend time with you one on one is not a practical form of recreation for the majority of the population. As long as the dominant presentation of dancing is stuck on that model, it's going to be an activity with two niches - those who can afford it, and those who know about one of the less publicized ways to avoid those costs.
Re: Dancing for the not so serious dancer?
Posted by kaiara
9/10/2009  5:24:00 AM
hmmm, our town has a square dancing club. They offer classes at a really reasonable cost about once a year.

There is a country and western place here with a huge dance floor.

And the main ballroom teacher teaches many college age students and many many beginners, with an emphasis on the youngsters having their own classes with music they like and the senior beginning class where the mike it turned way up and the music appeals to them.

There is a dinner club that meets monthly I believe with dancing too.

Then the community education program offers ballroom and country&western classes.

The only thing we lack are enough social opportunities, if you did all of the different groups you could dance fairly often, but not nightly.

My soapbox is that what children are taught in PE classes is only really good for the youth and for athletes and if all forms of social dance were included in the curriculum it would help make this country healthier by teaching all the kids an exercise form that is social, aerobic, and can be done into old age!

Also, many churches have huge social halls that are only used occasionally. If they want to pull youth in and keep them out of trouble, then the older people who dance need to set up opportunities for teaching the youth groups to dance properly for fun! The space is there, the fees need only cover a teacher and the cost of the utilities. The result is healthier, more physically active kids, and a social scene that can be monitored by adults.
Re: Dancing for the not so serious dancer?
Posted by Ladydance
9/10/2009  6:51:00 AM
I think attitudes toward dancing may be changing here in North America. More young people are getting interested because of the extremely popular dance shows on TV. We have seen a huge increase in young couples taking our group classes, it used to be all middle-aged to old folks. Our group classes are very inexpensive. As well, the studio has a party every Friday night, open to anyone, where folks can come and dance and socialize. We try to stress that these parties are for fun, not practice (there are lots of other times for that). So even us international dancers, relax and yes, even have a beer! There might not be room for a slow fox but everything else is doable. And since anything goes on Fridays we quite often mix styles!
Re: Dancing for the not so serious dancer?
Posted by jimdance
9/10/2009  7:06:00 AM
Here in the Washington, D.C. metro area, dancing for fun is alive and well. There is folk dancing, square dancing, round dancing, contra dancing, English dancing, Irish dancing, Cajun dancing, Blues dancing, polka dancing, swing dancing, a bit of country western dancing, salsa dancing, ballroom dancing (American and international) and other forms (as at the clubs) that I've not mentioned. Older persons dance. Younger persons dance, too, and in good number.

Check out DCDANCENET.COM for more specifics about the variety and extent of dancing here. (Close to but a comprehensive listing.)

There are those who pursue dancing seriously, often (but not always) for competitive. But the majority dance for fun and, truth be told, many also ISO relationships.

Enjoyment comes first. Yes, great form and all that is fine, but not at the price of pleasure. Enjoyment reinforces continued dancing.

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